Program Coordinator – Natural Curiosity
One year contract (starting in August, 2020)
An exciting opportunity exists to join the Natural Curiosity team at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, University of Toronto in the position of Environmental Education Coordinator.
Established under the leadership of Dr. William Blatz in 1925, the Lab School is a Nursery to Grade 6 school dedicated to exploring what is possible in education, operating in conjunction with an MA in Child Study and Education teacher certification program and the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre for research in child development. Housed at the Lab School, the Natural Curiosity Environmental Education Program has gained widespread implementation in schools, school boards, faculties of education, and ministries of education across the country and internationally. Natural Curiosity’s newest educator resource is a response to the recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to bring Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian education, most notably in connection with environmental issues. Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry is currently being disseminated and used widely at diverse formal and informal educational settings across Turtle Island.
At this time, our small collaborative team is looking for a Coordinator who can provide support to our outreach, communications and professional learning strategies. You may be a Teacher or an ECE with a passion for land-based education and Indigenous perspectives or an environmental studies/communications professional with an interest in education. This is a wonderful opportunity to help grow and contribute to the continuing development of exemplary practices within environmental and outdoor education.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION
The Natural Curiosity Coordinator’s primary focus will be to support the Environmental Education Program Manager and Program Director(s) at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. The Natural Curiosity Program supports the introduction, implementation, and use of Natural Curiosity and inquiry-based teaching with an Indigenous lens in schools across the province and country.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
General Support of the Natural Curiosity Program:
Taking on delegated administrative and creative tasks to support the Program Manager and Director(s) on a weekly basis which include but are not limited to:
- Writing emails and letters
- Writing and editing promotional content, social media, etc.
- Researching best practices
- Coordinating annual contests and award submissions,
- Assisting with donor stewardship activities such as the annual report, fundraising and board meetings,
- Assisting with creating and executing presentations
- Conference and workshop planning
Maintain Online Communications and Marketing:
- Twitter – tweets, connections, private messages
- Facebook – posting monthly newsletter and related posts
- Instagram – posting photos from school visits, workshops and resources
- Pinterest – updating online resources through online pin boards
- Website – regularly update Natural Curiosity website
- Creating, sharing, and maintaining interactive online resource documents for teacher communities pre and post-workshops.
Oversee, plan, synthesize, and design monthly newsletter, Making the Shift:
- Regularly collecting and maintaining subscriber list
- Collecting panel blurbs or interviews
- Reviewing and summarizing educational resources (books, websites,
conferences, outdoor programs, etc)
- Initiating editing session with Program Manager
- Support Professional Learning Video, Webinar and Print Productions:
- Support the Program Manager and Director(s) in the creation of short instructional videos, through planning, filming, editing and posting
- Support the planning, coordination and execution of 6 annual online webinars
- Research and coordination on the Educators’ Almanac project (2020-2022)
Experience and Competencies desired:
- Familiarity with Natural Curiosity, Inquiry-based teaching, and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School philosophy
- Ability to work collaboratively and develop strong professional relationships with colleagues
- Exhibits a high level of commitment, initiative, adaptability, and problem solving skills
- Ability to multitask, organize, manage time and work independently
- Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
- Familiarity with social media & online communication strategies (webinar and website management a definite asset)
- Video making and editing skills an asset
- Strong presentation and communication skills.